A child care leader works at a child care center and coordinates the daily operations of the center. The child care center may be an after-school program for younger children or a day care center for infants and toddlers. The child care leader will make sure that administrative duties are carried out and that the children are well taken care of.
The child care leader may also have to come up with general lesson plans that can be carried out by the child care instructors. The child care leader will often have employees to manage, so past supervisorial skills may be needed, along with many years of child care experience. The child care leader will work with a variety of people, including other employees, parents, and children. It is important to have strong people and communication skills but also to be a sensitive and caring person. The child care leader should observe the children and teachers interacting at the day care, so that problems can be detected and fixed. In smaller day care centers, the child care leader may also have duties in taking care of the children, tidying up the center, and preparing meals and activities. Since there are many duties involved in this position, it is also important to be able to work well under pressure in an environment that might be noisy.
A bachelor’s degree focusing on education is needed for many positions. Hours may vary and may span from early morning hours to later in the evening or even night, depending on the child care offered.
Child Care Leader Tasks
Prepare for daily activities before children’s arrival, clean and organize the room at the end of the day.
Engage in regular communications with parents regarding their children and school curriculum.
Teach and monitor groups of children, ensure their safety, enforce rules, and resolve conflicts.
Make sure health and safety regulations are met, including participating in emergency drills and filling out injury reports.